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PostSubject: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:32 am

20.120.2012 - Are You Ready for It

Over the past six months, the sun has been relentlessly moving daily farther and farther toward the southern horizon.
As a result our days have been getting shorter and the nights longer. In this month’s Colorado sky, however, the sun will reverse its southerly motion and start to head northward for the next six months, thus, bringing us longer days and shorter nights. This “turnaround” point is referred to by astronomers as the winter solstice, and the sun’s passage through this key point in the sky on Dec. 21 marks the astronomical beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere.
In modern times, winter solstices have normally come and gone with minimal fanfare, but this year interest in the winter solstice has taken on near epic proportions. The 2012 winter solstice has been prominently mentioned in all of the media, including movies, books, TV series and most importantly the Internet. Hundreds of thousands of websites have been posted on the coming 2012 winter solstice.

The ultimate source of this enthusiastic attention is to be found in the jungles of Central America where an ancient civilization called the Maya lived and prospered between roughly 2000 B.C. to A.D. 1000. Among their many achievements, the Maya were able to develop an extremely precise calendar, which was accurate to about one day in 5,500 years. By contrast, the Gregorian calendar we currently use is accurate to about one day in 3,300 years.
One of the interesting features of the Maya calendar and the source of the 2012 phenomenon is the significance that has been attached to the b’ak’tun — a long count interval of Mayan timekeeping consisting of about 394 of our years. In particular, if one counts 13 b’ak’tuns from the Mayan creation date of Aug. 11, 3114 B.C,. the resulting date lands on Dec. 21, 2012 — the 2012 winter solstice.
Conventional Mayan scholars claim that the Maya themselves placed no more significance on the coming of the 13th b’ak’tun than the end of a calendar era similar to the end of one of our millennia, such as the year 2000. Other authors have challenged this interpretation of the Mayan writings and believe that the Mayans predicted transformative events and/or cataclysms at the end of the 13th b’ak’tun.
In addition to the galactic alignment, a variety of other earth changes and apocalyptic calamities have been proposed which, if they come true, would make this year’s winter solstice one for the ages. There are certainly dangers lurking in the cosmos — dangers such as coronal mass ejections from the sun, collisions with asteroids and geomagnetic pole reversals. Such events, however, are of an extremely low probability, and as a result, although I can’t speak to the possibility of a new spiritual era, I firmly believe that the astronomical and geophysical events that have been advanced for a “2012 End Times” scenario are simply not going to happen. Thus, the History Channel’s currently running “Countdown to Armageddon” TV series is basically a countdown to just another winter solstice. The sun will indeed come back this winter solstice, just as it has for countless b’ak’tuns. Happy Holidays to one and all.


It would be interesting to know what members would do if they knew that they had 4 hours until the apocalipse.
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:39 pm

I would post a "
farewell"
message to my friends and family on Facebook, and spend the rest of the 4 hours cuddling my cat.

My business is going to run a one-day-only "
End of the World"
promotion next Friday. Any opportunity to boost sales!
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:48 am

Well I would forget that I am Diabetic and hog chocolate espescially Mars bars down my throat having dipped them in coffee and drink my favourite tipple which I am no longer a allowed which is "
Captain Morgans"
rum!
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:02 am

Itchyfeet....thank you for a

ps ...Id go back on the fags and enjoy a bottle of Brandy....both banned to me now !!
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:37 am

Go to a top bar in London and order a 20 grand bottle of champagne then walk out without paying. I would also tell the missus that her bum really DOES look big in her new dress. This way I would be killed on the spot - At least the death would be a quick one and not be a result of burning to death or drowning etc.
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:09 pm

I would quickly re-write my will and it would state that I would like to meet members past and present either in heaven :: and :Angel1:or in hell which ever the case may be
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:23 pm

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I would quickly re-write my will and it would state that I would like to meet members past and present either in heaven :: and :Angel1:or in hell which ever the case may be


Nice one Brian
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:14 pm

[size=50:1i285fox]Daily Telegragh

[size=150:1i285fox]Mayan apocalypse:

'Star Wars temple' in Guatemala prepares for the end of the world

At the centre of the rebel base where Luke Skywalker took off to destroy the Death Star and save his people from the clutches of Darth Vader, Guatemala is preparing for another momentous event: the end of an age for the Maya. Once at the heart of a conquering civilisation in its own right, the ancient city of Tikal is now a pilgrimage site for both hard-core Star Wars fans and enthusiasts of Maya culture.

Deep inside the Guatemalan rainforest stand the ruins of the Maya temples that George Lucas used to film the planet Yavin 4 in the movie "
Star Wars,"
from where Skywalker and his sidekick Han Solo launched their attack on the Galactic Empire's giant space station. This week, at sunrise on Friday, Dec 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America.
A scene from Star Wars Episode IV which was filmed in the rainforest close to the temples of Tikal. (Above) the Yavin 4 rebel base
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If it is the end of the world, hopefully Luke will come and blow up that Death Star,"
said Alex Markovitz, a 24-year-old consultant and Star Wars fan from Philadelphia, looking out over the site of Skywalker's rebel base. "
I see why they shot here. It doesn't look real. It looks like an alien planet."


Once at the heart of a conquering civilisation in its own right, the ancient city of Tikal is now a pilgrimage site for both hard-core Star Wars fans and enthusiasts of Maya culture eager to discover what exactly the modern interpretations of old lore portend.
In the 1960s, a leading US scholar said the end of the Maya's 13th bak'tun – an epoch lasting some 400 years – could signify an "
Armageddon,"
though many people trekking to the old temples believe it could herald something wonderful.
Discovered in 1848 when locals unearthed human skulls whose teeth were studded with jade jewels, Tikal draws tourists from around the globe. Visitors this week said they felt a powerful presence in the blue skies above them.

"
The force is strong here,"
said Jimena Teijeiro, 35, an Argentine-born self-help blogger. "
The world as we know it is coming to an end. We are being propelled to a new age of light, synchronicity and simple wonderment with life."

Maya scholars and astronomers have dismissed the idea the world is on the brink of destruction but mystics and spiritual thrill-seekers have flocked to feed off Tikal's energy. Park guards said they had to throw out 13 naked women who were dancing and chanting around a fire pit near the temples last week.

"
Something big is going to happen,"
said the president of Guatemala's Star Wars fan club, entrepreneur Ricardo Alejos. "
The Maya were an incredibly precise people. Something big is going to happen and we'll find out what in a few days."

Surrounded by thick jungle home to jaguars, monkeys and toucans, the view of Yavin 4 from the top of Tikal's Temple Four, known as the temple of the double-headed serpent, has changed little since Lucas filmed here in 1977.
Lucas chose Tikal when he saw a poster of the site at a travel agency in England during the production of the original "
Episode IV: A New Hope"
film, and sent a crew to Guatemala in March 1977 to shoot during its 36-year civil war.
His team hoisted bulky camera gear and heavy lights to the top of the 210-foot-high (65-metre-high) Temple Four with a pulley system and paid a guard with six-packs of beer to protect the equipment with a shotgun for four nights, locals said.
A year after the shoot, the wooden huts where Lucas' film crew camped were burned to the ground by leftist rebels fighting against a right-wing military government.

Extending for 222 square miles (575 square km) through Guatemala's sweltering north, Tikal is one of the largest pre-Colombian Maya sites and known by some as the New York City of Maya ruins because of its high temples that climb toward the heavens.
The peaks of the limestone structures pierce the dense, green canopy of the jungle and howler monkeys wail at sunrise.
Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal.
The shrines, believed to have been used mainly for worship, also appeared in the 1979 James Bond movie "
Moonraker"
in which 007 was lured through the jungle to the lair of his enemy Hugo Drax.
Local guides are expecting a rush of visitors this week and the Guatemalan government forecasts a record 235,000 foreign tourists for December. Hotels in Tikal are fully booked.
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:42 pm

I will see you in cloud cuckoo land Eric
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:38 pm

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I will see you in cloud cuckoo land Eric


Thanks willow - and may the power be with you!!

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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:52 pm

So here we are after the so called apocolypse. I wonder what all those people who trudged up mounains all over the place to see the end are doing now. Preparing for Christmas maybe, who knows.



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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:30 pm

They got it wrong. Still it's not the end of the world
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:12 pm

It wasn't the end of the world and my computer was re-born!
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PostSubject: Re: 20.12.2012 - Are You Ready for It   Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:34 pm

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It wasn't the end of the world and my computer was re-born!
I am so pleased that your computer was re-born after all the use it's had this year
Happy Christmas ::
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